|Hutchison Telecom Launches GSM Service in Vietnam|
|Wednesday, 08 April 2009|
Hutchison Whampoa’s Vietnamese mobile joint venture Vietnamobile has relaunched its services on the GSM network. Vietnamobile, a joint venture between Hutchison Telecom and Hanoi Telecom, plans to cover 64 provinces in Vietnam. The company previously operated under the name HT Mobile, using the CDMA technology. The migration to the GSM network coincides with the award of the 3G licence to Hanoi Telecom’s consortium with EVN Telecom (part of state utility company Electricity of Vietnam) by the Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications.
Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited (SEHK: 2332, NYSE: HTX; “Hutchison Telecom”) today announced that its Vietnamese operation Vietnamobile will launch its GSM services tomorrow on 9 April in Vietnam.
Vietnamobile, the Business Co-operation Contract partnership between Hutchison Telecom and Hanoi Telecom Joint Stock Company, will launch its service over its latest- technology GSM network with footprint present at 64 provinces in Vietnam.
Dennis Lui, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Telecom said: “The launch of Vietnamobile completes Hutchison Telecom’s strategic step of relaunching the operation with GSM technology. This positions the operation to compete more effectively in Vietnam and better tap the potential of one of the highest growth mobile markets in the region.”
Vietnamobile will launch its service with a tariff plan that will be the simplest in the market and offers customers best value. It believes that this approach, together with Vietnamobile's superb quality network, will set itself apart from the competition and will quickly become a preferred GSM network in Vietnam.
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